Storytelling to the Bone

Better Habits = Better Stories

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It’s Harder Than You Think

“I want to finish this story but I don’t know where to begin. I feel like I’ve done so much work on it that I have no clue how to go back and fix it. And even if I knew what to do, I don’t know if I have the time to figure it all out. God, starting from scratch sounds so daunting.”

My approach has always been to dig deeper than you thought you could in order to figure out if you’re even creating a story worth sharing. That’s probably one of the hardest obstacles a writer can come across: They think they have a great idea and they think they’re writing a great story but all of their actions indicate that it might not even be a story they actually want to tell.

Is it the story itself that isn’t working? Have you created a better writing practice so you can easily ditch the “good” ideas and keep the ones that give you the creative itch to explore it further? The only way to find out is to develop the best habits you can as an effective storyteller, regardless of what you want to do with it. That, my friend, is my specialty.

My Name is Christina

And I want to help you write and share an authentic story.

My main mission is to stir shit up. It’s just that simple. So if your entire writing practice is lacking the delicious little umpf that doesn’t arouse you or excite others when you share your story ideas, let’s change that.

Because, seriously, there is not enough bold content out there containing stories that challenge as well as entertain its readers. It’s a difficult task, but you are at a point where you want to find a story that you’re emotionally connected to.

And don’t worry – it can be a fun, exciting, fearless story involving aliens, pirates, and plenty of adventure. Or it could be exactly what you need to make your marketing and branding strategies appear authentic.

This is what I love about telling stories: It can take any form you want. But you need to understand the story you want to tell before you can actually share it with others.

Seven Steps to Storytelling

Idea | Premise | Theme

The Heart of Your Story

This is where your story actually begins. Begin to ask yourself the hard questions that no one wants to answer: What bugs me? What do I lose sleep over? The premise is that intangible bastard of a thought or concept that won’t escape you. Seek it out!

Character | Setting | Plot

The Bare Bones that Give Your Story Shape

Without the outline, or bones, your story will ultimate lose its shape. This is an integral part of the writing process that can reduce the amount of time you edit and rewrite your story. Best of all, this also helps build the foundation to actually talk about your story with confidence. At this point, we also discuss how to share your story and the best platform and packaging to gain an authentic response.

Build Better Writing Habits

The bloodline of your stories

Red blood cells have to keep doing their job within your body or else you will slowly die. It’s the perfect analogy to creating a writing practice that keeps your story alive. Let me help you figure out which habits work for you and the type of habits you can do without.

Conflict | Transition | Rhythm

Building flesh through technique

Here is one of the sexiest parts of writing your story. By learning fundamental storytelling techniques, you will add a layer of flesh and realism to your story. This applies to any type of writing you decide to pursue – writing a novel, completing a script for a movie or play, painting artwork with strong themes, and beyond.

Write | Review | Revise

Work those mental and emotional muscles and write the damn thing!

Depending on your creative goals, this is the crucial time where you produce the work that best reflects your story. It might be actually writing the story itself, creating content in whatever format you need, or producing a body of work while journaling the the process. Either way, sitting down to write your story takes stamina and commitment. Are you ready?

Self-Editing Ritual

Make this a practice and not a process

While we’re always taught to think of self-editing as a pain in the ass, you don’t have to conform to anyone else’s opinion of this natural element of story telling. In fact, this is when you perfect your voice, a signature style to how you share your story. I will help you build a style guide that is your bible, a compass and invaluable resource for quicker revisions and fewer rewrites.

Create Real Dialogue

Learn how to talk about your premise

How do you receive better feedback? You have to connect with people who care about your premise before they care about your story. Bringing this all full circle, I will show you how to reconnect with your premise, initiate conversations about your premise, then find the right readers who want to read your story. In fact, they need to read your story.

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I will share with you resources, exercises, and my favorite examples of engaging and exciting prose.

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